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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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I also found some of the language and opinions unpalatable (well, we're talking white settlers in 1970s Rhodesia with the inevitable black household staff, to be fair).

Alexandra Fuller's book tells the story of her family of white Zimbabwean tenant farmers in the years before and after Independence.The rainy season that brought with it gray solid sheets of water which rendered roads as thick and sticky as porridge. In Rhodesia we are born and then the umbilical cord of each child is sewn straight from the mother into the ground, where it takes root and grows. We suddenly jump ahead to her wedding, which wouldn't be horrible, except that suddenly 10 years (or something) have passed since the last event she recounts and since none of the memoir is written from an adult perspective, this relatively short portion is jarring. The book was hard to enjoy at times since my mind was often on the children, and I kept questioning the parent's reason for bringing them to Africa during such a turbulent time. When the family moves on to Zambia, they have lived in every country in the former Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Alexandra Fuller’s family arrived in Rhodesia via way of Darby, England in 1966 when she was only a toddler. I love those books that make you want to see/smell/hear/feel the countries they are describing, and this is one of those.Usually when I choose to re-read a book I feel like I'm wasting time that could be devoted to reading a new book. There was so little introspection, so little emotional reaction to anything, and the end of the book was so rushed, that at the end I was disappointed. I was completely mesmerized reading this highly compelling memoir of Alexandra Fuller's childhood experiences as a British expat family living in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), during the time of ending colonialism in the 70s-90s. Don’t Let’s go to the Dogs Tonight is a wonderfully evocative memoir of Alexandra Fuller’s African childhood.

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